Avia Pasternak

Portrait of Avia Pasternak
Associate Professor
Telephone number
Building MW 376


I was formally an Associate Professor in Political Theory at the Department of Political Science, University College London.

I joined UCL in 2014. Before that I was a lecturer at the University of Essex Politics Department, and held postdoc positions at Stanford University and at UCL. I earned my D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University, where I studied at Nuffield College.

My research focuses on questions of political philosophy and public affairs. I write on collective responsibility in democracies, on the duties of citizens in unjust democracies and on the permissibility of violent protest.

My book, Responsible Citizens, Irresponsible States is now published with Oxford University Press (2021)

You can listen to me talking about this book in the New Books In Philosophy podcast here.


  • D. Phil. in Politics (University of Oxford) 2007
  • M.A. in Politics (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 2003
  • B.A. Politics and the Interdisciplinary Honours Program (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 2000.

Teaching Interests

Teaching in 2023-2024

PHLB17: Introduction to Political Philosophy

PHLD78: Advanced Seminar in Political Philosophy

Research Interests

Political Philosophy